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board of supervisors, all of them, to join supervisor campos in reversing this current queue day tau. we are in a democracy. thank you. (applause) ~ >> thank you. i just want to note that we have been joined by supervisor mar who is the vice-chair of the committee who is also a co-sponsor of the resolution. next speaker, please. my name is edgar torres and i represent the department of latino studies as well as the diversity collaborative. and i just want to let you know that the department chair structure is constantly under attack. it is attacked when we're -- as i speak. we are asking 21 chairs to be reduced to what are going to be called discipline coordinators. what you have to know about the department chairs and in particular the diversity chairs is that we were created out of a profound [speaker not understood] community. and that we try to give voice to under represented
populations. we've been doing that by, you know, producing courses that engage at-risk students, students that are at-risk before they even start school by attracting immigrants to take our courses. and we've been doing a really, really good job. we serve latin american latino studies serves around 20,000 students at city college. the diversity departments probably serve the students of color which probably represent 60 to 70% of the entire population of city college. so, this attack is forgetting the fact that the majority of the small departments are -- base their curriculum on grass root connectionses with the students. none of the small departments have received anything over the last 30 years for free. we fought for every single class that we teach. and it's not a fight where we
receive money from the district to allow us to teach. it's fights that come from the bottom up. the department chair structure is exactly well suited for that kind of environment where we have a little bit more input into the decisions that are being made so it gives voice to the smaller departments. and i hope you can see that and help continue that. thank you. >> thank you very much. (applause) >> i'm going to read a few more names. [speaker not understood]. lalo gonzalez. [speaker not understood]. sg&aerctionv, supervisors. ~ good afternoon, supervisors. [speaker not understood]. yesterday we had a rally that supervisor campos was attending and speaking at. and in the chinatown campus, because -- to address this very issue about the lack of community voice and input at city college currently. the college is currently going through a planning process for the next five years of
institutions, talking about everything from students success to infrastructure, technology, and in previous years the master plan which is to guide the school in this long-term vision took a year long process to plan. currently they're trying to rush through this process in just four months. we are very distress today hear that and we heard very late because they had done a very he poor job in outreach to the community. at our rally yesterday we had a really diverse broad group of students there, community members from the immigrant community from seniors to credit and noncredit students, and really those are the people who should be at the meeting planning this master plan, but they're not. what many people, many students had not heard about the master plan process. so, we're very concerned because in a time of crisis at city college, it's more important now than ever to actually have more community input and weighing in. because we're at such a critical juncture. and we're really concerned that the administration is pushing forward this plan without
adequate -- without taking in really what city college needs and hearing from the people who are directly impacted by the plan. so, we really want to make sure that the value of city college are included in that, diversity, lifelong learning and education as a human right. so, the administration is trying to release a draft plan in mid april. at the hearing yesterday, at the meeting, they did not say there would be -- holding any more meetings. at the very last minute the chancellor said that they would start holding more in-public sessions. but i think we he need to continue to push the administration to do what's right and actually hear more input from the community that has not been included in this plan. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. (applause) >> and the next speaker who can speak in chinese can get a little more extra time so i can translate. >> you get to have a little more time. [speaking through interpreter]
so, i'm learning english so that i can, you know, find work in the future and also so i can communicate with other people. i'm taking tai chi so that i can be healthy and also to decrease my blood pressure and just have a healthier life-style. so, i'm here because i'm really passionate about these classes and they're very important to me and i really want to support, you know, making sure esl classes continue at city college because -- for our seniors and just for the whole immigrant community. thank you. (applause) >> thank you.
we have a few more names. kayly [speaker not understood]. nancy ay. michelle madden. vi when. next speaker, please. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is tiffany louie and i'm a student at city college. my parents immigrated to the united states, it was city college that provided language and job skills for my mom and dad to secure careers in san francisco. i am finishing my last semester at city college and will be transferring to u.c. in the fall and my brother is currently at city college pursuing a degree in chemistry. so, you see city college is a stepping stone for my family. i'm here today to speak briefly about the negative impact to the student body, the payment plan system has caused as well as to request to reinstate the board of trustees. on november 12 of last year administration sent out an e-mail notifying students of the implementation of the payment plan system starting
this semester. this payment plan system has contributed to dropping enrollment and makes it harder to stay at city college, particularly for students who are most vulnerable including low-income students, working class students, and immigrant students. there is no proper notification of the payment plan other than that one single e-mail that was sent out to students. there is no regard for students where english may not be their first language, where they have no access to computers or the internet, and the fact that many notices and e-mails sent out to the student school e-mails do not go through because of the internal computer school system. more over, implementing a payment plan system while the school is undergo accreditation issues clearly show that the priorities of the administration are not in the interest of students. we need to reinstate the democratically elected board of trustees because students absolutely need the opportunity to make public comment and voice their concerns on issues like these that matter to them. if we had a board of trustees,
i would be submitting this very comment to them, but instead i am in front of all of you to express my concerns. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. yes, hello, board of supervisors. my name is lee levitt and i'm a council and faculty member at city college and [speaker not understood]. as the last speaker said, the priorities are not only skewed, but the policies that are being implemented especially by the board of trustees are illegal. consider this. if lawyer i ellison wanted to shut out people from management, he could do that. but our administration ~ [speaker not understood] who makes a six-figure salary from public money decide that had they could lock the doors yesterday to the main building on campus at ocean campus. (applause) where students show up to enroll for classes. they show up to see my counseling colleagues for support. they show up to pay their
bills. so, essentially, he is shooting us in the foot. he meaning the collective administration is defeating the purposes of sustaining city college. my other point is i have students from different -- we have two different departments and from child development where we primarily train the vast majority of early childhood workers in san francisco, yet they have to do a lot of perpetual development. many of them are seeking through a associate degrees which carries value in the profession. and, so, our students are often middle aged working people with full-time jobs and families. and if you cut classes, if you just try to monkey with their schedule, that really hurts our students. and, so, this is what the administration has tried to do. cut classes that don't benefit students at all. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker.
supervisor campos, my name is alan benjamin. i'm a member of the union, office professional employees local 3 and of the executive board of the san francisco labor council. i want to thank you for your leadership for being there yesterday with the students at city college as you have been throughout the year. the payment policy -- the new payment policy is just one of many policies implemented with a conscious agenda of throwing out students, particularly students of color, low-income students, of cutting classes that are not "essential ~ as decided by accrediting by the [speaker not understood]. that wants to dee fund this full and a fait accompli, we don't have the funds so we have to shut it down. that's the same agenda we in
the union see in dee funding public services and morals fostering and promoting privatization. and to do that they need tutorial powers. they know that this city and this community, we love city college. it's a jewel. it's one of the most important gains, it's the backbone of our democracy, the heart and soul of our city. to destroy that, they cannot do that with an aloe he electricitied board because we would speak their accountable whether if we don't agree with a decision, they're answerable and they can be removed. that's the heart of democracy and you have to impose, like they do in michigan, or like they've done in greece because it all stems from the same banksters mentality. they have these special e-u commissions to impose policies where even the governments in europe cannot make the decisions. those are made by committees and banksters beholden to imf. this is the same agenda.
(applause) so, we need to -- is that my first or second? >> time, okay. thank you. >> thank you very much. (applause) >> [speaker not understood] clemmons. [speaker not understood]. [speaker not understood]. demetrius [speaker not understood]. next speaker. hello, my name is angel van stark and i am the youth commissioner for district 8. and in light of recent events, it seems that this situation brought up another problem that has been facing some of my constituents in my district. and what i'm talking about is very little publicized -- the valencia garden incident that occurred in november. and this is because of what
happened yesterday at ccsf. and i would like to bring it to everyone's attention that things like this shouldn't happen. (applause) people should not be forced to protest because it is our right to be able to voice our opinion regardless of where we come from or regardless of what our economic status is. but i am not here to criticize the police department. i am here to offer solutions that were brought to me by the same constituents that voiced these concerns previously. the solution that i proposed is to the supervisors and to the police commission and members of the general public, is to analyze and revamp a section in the general order which, for those of you who don't know, is a portion of -- it's basically the rules that the police officers abide to. and the section i'm specifically referring to is 1.8, which defines community
policing and two components that talk about mutual respect and partnership and shared responsibilities. i would strongly suggest that inclusion of points of accountability outline of budget streamline for the trainings and data collection of the effectiveness of the policing resource manual as top priorities. i understand that a job as a police officer may be frightening. the possibilities are now coming home or desensitizing to human interaction, or more decision that go above the law and that is why i strongly feel that changes may lead the community members feeling -- >> thank you. sorry. >> thank you very much. (applause) >> next speaker. hello, my name is robert fitch and i'm a teacher in the disabled students programs at city college and i'm a student in the older adults program. i'm here to thank you for this resolution and also to sort of remind us all that this bottle
unfortunately is going on on a number of fronts. ~ battle it started with the student success task force when former chancellor jack scott and carol lou and others decided that we should ration and prioritize education and exclude other people. that has been followed up with the education master plan that we've heard about with so little community input. and now there is even a senate bill 173 so, david, we really need you to get a job in sacramento. we need to challenge -- (applause) we need to challenge carol lou's senate bill 173 where she wants to specifically cancel state education funding for classes for older adults, home economic classes, health and safety classes. it's ridiculous. parenting classes. she has decided that those things aren't academic enough and don't deserve any funding.
we need to recognize that the noncredit classes are adult ed in san francisco that city college took that on knowingly and willingly, and that it is indeed part of the safety net, part of the fraying safety net that includes all the cuts and medi-cal ihss, et cetera. those classes offered at senior centers, disability centers, the library, community centers, are absolutely essential and it's not just being attacked here, it's being attacked statewide. (applause) >> thank you very much. i'm going to read a couple more names. cedar lay. dee anna scott. timothy killy kelly. tariq ferrar. [speaker not understood]. next speaker, please. okay, five years, $13 million to put lip stick on a pig. [laughter]
(applause) my name is carol mayer and i teach business at city college of san francisco. in my previous career i worked with information technology systems so i am qualified to comment on this. ccsf's it system is called banner and it's version 2.0, the current one is from 1998. the current revision is 8.8 so there is 16 years much technological upgrades and advances that are missing. yet ccsf administration or special trustee decided unilaterally to lock into a five-year $13 million services agreement with a private vendor without even looking into the cost of just upgrading to 8.8 or even looking to other vendors that are out there like peoplesoft who also have higher ed system. so, i just started asking around. one reason we were given.
a new system could take-two years and we don't have that kind of time. our problems were urgent. but this conflicts because you signed a five-year agreement. another reason given was, well, we might not be around in two years so the accjc might sanction us and wonder what we're doing making these big systems investments. that's another failure in logic. because why would accjc sanction the college for expecting to continue to serve its 85,000 students? another head scratcher. (applause) why didn't we even solicit a bid for a new it system? one person without even consulting knowledgeable people about it within city college of san francisco should not be making these no-bid contract decisions with private companies that on the surface don't have the best long-term interest of the students and the faculty at heart. (applause) >> thank you. and i have handouts. >> thank you. next speaker, please. good afternoon, my name is roger scott. i've been a teacher at city
college since 1972 and i've been on the executive board of aft 21 21 for 37 years, i believe. so, i have a bit of a historical perspective on city college. it's a great institution. and, by the way, i did go through -- i completed the [speaker not understood] paralegal program there [speaker not understood]. that's very useful. maybe more useful than a ph.d.. one thing -- i try to have my share of imagination, but i can't conceive of anything more undemocratic and irrational than having an institution like city college in one of the most progressive cities in the world run by one individual. i have some problems with that one individual's qualifications and decisions. however, even if i thought he was doing a good job -- and i would never accuse him of that -- [laughter] certainly he can't replace 7 members of the board of
trustees and a student trustee. for example, over the years when we've had problems in negotiations, we've brought in our labor and community allies and met with the board and resolved those issues amicably for the most part, and justifiably so in terms of contract gains. we've heard a lot about the instructional quality at city college. city college also has a reputation for having one of the most enlightened personnel policies in the country. i also think that the accjc, not an organization i have any respect for, pay no attention to these kind of positive personnel relations or quality of the instruction. so, my -- i would pose the question to you. many of us are teachers and teachers need to be graded as administrators. what sort of logic would promote a chief administrator
like arguella to close a public building during working hours? that's absurd. thank you. >> thank you. (applause) >> next speaker. hello, my name is anna [speaker not understood]. i teach and am chair of the art department at city college of san francisco. and i very much appreciate your resolution. i want to say as an explanation that chair people are elected faculty representatives to their disciplines. unfortunately like many departments, we rehe net wonderful range of curriculum and one horror of the past two years, essentially, has been the lack of communication between faculty and the administration and with everybody speaking it's come at a great cost. and i really feel that it's unfortunate that that particular routine has been put in place. so, i look forward to your resolution changing that energy so that faculty, students, and
staff can contribute their voices to the governance of our college. thank you. >> thank you very much. (applause) >> next speaker. hello, my name is [speaker not understood]. this is my first time speaking at city hall. i just wanted to share with you my story of city college. ~ buyers i've actually been involved with these budget cuts and college protests since high school. and in high school i even took [speaker not understood] we had the health academy which introduced students to careers in the health field through city college. and the instructor -- the instructors for that program were fantastic. it was a very warm, friendly setting. something that i had to deal with in my senior year of high school with my father passing away halfway through my senior year, and that really hurt me in my grades and all around. and i was afraid, i didn't know what i was going to do. when i went to city college i
had no plans to transfer, but through the years i spent there since 2011 i found an incredible community of people, an incredible community of teachers, people who i want to keep close and keep as support. this school has meant so much to me and as an art student myself, i want to pursue my improvement in the art -- my skills of art for my father because he was my biggest supporter. and with this payment policy, forcing students to pay their tuition immediately, it hurts my family financially because we have not been able to recover since my father's passing. and i would hate to think of other students who are going through the same kind of ordeal that i'm. i greatly appreciate you listening to all of us and all the help that you have done and
continue to do. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. thank you for sharing your story. thank you. my name is sarah thompson. i've been an academic counselor at city college for over 25 years. i love the college and i love the students we serve. i find it very ironic that this administration is supposed to help the college is making such a mess out of the college. a lot of what i do as a counselor is sometimes helping students through a bureaucracy that's confusing to them. yesterday i saw a student who was dropped from our english 1b, our second english class that's required for u.c. transfer. she did not drop herself. her instructor did not drop her. she went down to admissions [speaker not understood] in the registration center and was told that she could be reinstated with an instructor's permission. she went back to the class the
stricter said he he gave away her seat ~. that means she has to wait an extra year before she can transfer. these are the things that we see constantly. in the fall, a group of faculty, many of us tried to enroll in classes out of one particular meeting, 20 people tried to enroll, probably five faculty members were successful in signing up for a class. there is something wrong with that. i want to also tell you, and i think many of you don't know this, but i realize that students who owe money are not allowed to withdraw from the class. they're blocked from withdrawing from the class. one person said, that's extortion. and i think they've got a good point. the truth is they can go down to admissions and records, but nobody tells them that on the -- on their banner registration screen. we have to be open and transparent. i've been bullied and
threatened by this administration, but what is far, far more worse is what happened yesterday. it is unexcusable. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. thank you very much. next speaker. hi, my name is [speaker not understood] and i'm a student at college. i'm a matista. and i participated in yesterday's occupation of common hall. (applause) what i've seen is that our demands are very clear to the public and what i've seen also is that students more and more are coming out and saying, yeah, like those payment policies affecting me, whether four months ago we were kind of in the blue, a couple students being affected, but in reality it's not just undocumented students. it's a whole group of students that are being affected by this new policy. and i was not able to register this semester because of the payment policy.
i had to pay out of state tuition and i could not register because i had a hold on my account. in order to register for this following semester, it would have been almost $6,000. and it's not acceptable to be in san francisco, having all these laws that are immigrant friendly and for the undocumented community and we can't continue our education because of the policies that are being passed by this egregious administration. (applause) so, really appreciate you putting effort into this resolution. i know it takes a lot of courage to do so, and i really appreciate the work that you've done supporting city college of san francisco. and also police brutality, something needs to be done. that was not acceptable. students were just there defending their right to speak and demand -- make their
demands. so, thank you very much. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. hi, so, actually i'm glad i followed [speaker not understood]. i think she's being very modest in her attempt in actually organizing around the payment policy. i was there. i was a part of those meetings in which she participated with administrators over four or five meetings where she was told over and over again by the administrators that she cannot register. there is absolutely nothing that they can do. "more ethical to have students kicked out of ccsf than to have them actually go into debt." that is the logic [speaker not understood]. that is the logic which our administrators work in. and to see her pearce veerctiontionv, her determination to continue going to school, she's currently still going to classes. ~ perseverance she's taking three classes even though she's not registered. [cheering and applauding] that is absolutely unbelievable.
what is even more unbelievable is yesterday's events in which she participated. it is absolutely unfathomable that an undocumented student has to face in this city's community college police brutality. the police wielding their baton, police he swinging their baton, facing a police punching a student, facing the possibility of getting pepper sprayed from undocumented student actually have to face deportation in this city's community college is ridiculous. only to fight for her education and she's not the only one. it's happening to dozens and dozens of other students who are undocumented. i was there when i met another undocumented student who has recently come from ojaca. she was coming to register only to find her class, one class costs $750 and she had to pay out of pocket. this is a student who had been living with a coworker for over a year because she's not able to find a